🌧 Felix Afena-Gyan rains on Andriy Shevchenko's parade
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🌧 Felix Afena-Gyan rains on Andriy Shevchenko's parade

Ukrainian icon Andriy Shevchenko sat in Genoa's dugout for the very first time on Sunday, but it was 18-year-old Roma striker Felix Afena-Gyan who stole the show in Liguria.

The Ghanaian super-sub, sent onto the pitch with 16 minutes to play when the score was locked at 0-0, scored in the 82nd minute and then again in the fourth minute of added time to lift José Mourinho's men to fifth place in Serie A, a point above capital city rivals Lazio. This was only the third senior appearance of Afena-Gyan's entire career. 

By scoring at the Luigi Ferraris, Afena-Gyan became the first-ever player born in 2003 to register a strike in Serie A. In wonderful contrast, newly-appointed Genoa boss Shevchenko was at the peak of his powers in 2003, winning the Champions League that year and then scooping the Ballon d'Or just a year later. 

But this was Afena-Gyan's night. Mourinho opted for the teenager rather than the highly-rated attacking midfielder Nicolò Zaniolo, a young man who is fit again and part of the Italian national team setup once more, and the risk paid rich dividends. 

And because of his goals, Afena-Gyan's legendary manager has had to cough up some cash for a pair of new shoes that the talented teenager has had his eye on for some time. 

The goal which sealed the points for Roma was a screamer by anyone's standards, and it was made even more special by the fact that it was scored by a relatively-unknown teenage substitute from Ghana. 

We have no way of telling whether this young man will come even remotely close to the achievements of a bona fide Serie A legend named Andriy Shevchenko, but on this night, he certainly had his measure.

Felix Afena-Gyan, remember the name.

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